Are you ashamed of being a nurse? - page 13

Hi everyone. Please respond and offer feedback on whether you are ashamed of or embarrassed about being a nurse; becoming a nurse; or considering nursing as a career. If you are ashamed or... Read More

  1. by   joycern
    I am not ashamed of being a nurse. I have found most people respect nurses and are grateful for the nursing care they receive, though there will always be the complainers also.
  2. by   Txldiee
    I am not ashamed of being a nurse although others sometimes don't see us LVNs as "real" nurse. I worked hard for my license and am very good at my job. I have met a few LVNs and a few RNs who were lame excuses for nurses of any type. But I have also met some very fantasic nurses -- both LVNs and RNs. But I do believe many of us Licensed nurses don't get the respect we should.
  3. by   vievelota
    it is so sad that we don't gain respect from people because they say our service is paid. :angryfire nursing care is beyond the physical care we render to our patients. if they think that way, they should be looking for a robot. we are their advocate also which entails a combination of head for thinking and a heart for executing the interventions with compassion.
    i love to be a nurse. whether we are male or female, or even gay or lesbians...we should be proud. don't let anyone put you down. there's always a room for improvement. no one is perfect.
  4. by   CCU NRS
    Quote from Txldiee
    I am not ashamed of being a nurse although others sometimes don't see us LVNs as "real" nurse. I worked hard for my license and am very good at my job. I have met a few LVNs and a few RNs who were lame excuses for nurses of any type. But I have also met some very fantasic nurses -- both LVNs and RNs. But I do believe many of us Licensed nurses don't get the respect we should.
    Just keep swinging for the fences! I was an LV/PN for 9 years. I had some of the problems that you mention. However in most instances the Pts thought I was an RN and were often surprised to learn I was an LV/PN and made comments about my being better than many RN's also when I went to work in CCU most people just assumed I was an RN, I wore my name badge with my LPN listed so I wasn't misleading anyone people will think what they think. I too have seen many LV/PN's that are great and many RN's that are not so great. We should just be the best we can be, and advocate for our Pts and if you see someone that is dangerous by all means report them.
  5. by   trailwalker
    It never occurred to me to be ashamed. It is the one thing I am most proud of, after my daughter. We are one of the few service occupations still well thought of by the American public.
  6. by   helenmac
    I am not ashamed to be a nurse but,Yes i've been ashamed on many occasions of my profession.
  7. by   akcarmean
    I must say the I agree with what rncountry said. I AM PROUD TO BE A NURSE. I also agree with many other posts. More and more stress is being put on the nurses which is placing the pt. and the nurse in jeopardy. I do go home sometimes thinking about something more I should have done or wondering if I forgot to do something. But I don't dwell on my job at home. I have a husband and kids and another life outside of work. I love my job but can't take it home with me.


    Angelia
  8. by   Nurseboy1
    No I am not ashamed to be a nurse. I would not have worked this hard to become a nurse only to be ashamed of what I am.
  9. by   GingerSue
    No, I was never ashamed of being a nurse. It has been the attitude of others (non-nurses) that has made me wonder about "their" lack of awareness of what nursing is about. Why would I be ashamed of working in a field that requires a great deal of knowledge, skills, planning & organizing for the benefit of people who need health care?
  10. by   mtnmom
    Ashamed??? NEVER!! I have been a nurse now for 4 years, a second career for me (but a lifelong dream) and never have regretted the decision. That is in spite of the many sacrifices (and student loans) I incurred in becoming a nurse!!!

    BUT - what I do not understand is the dichotomy that exists between our necessary professionalism (integrity, extensive body of knowledge and caring) and the way that we are treated in the workplace largely as blue-collar hourly laborers!!! It is no wonder that there are massive nurse shortages and nurses leaving the profession.

    I still love what I do, though, and believe that this is where God wants me to be. So I am in no way ashamed, although I constantly pray for positive change in the nursing profession.
  11. by   SmilingBluEyes
    why would one be ashamed? Unless he/she did something to bring shame upon him/herself or the profession itself, there is no logical reason TO feel shame, being a nurse.
  12. by   teeituptom
    Quote from Mijourney
    Hi everyone. Please respond and offer feedback on whether you are ashamed of or embarrassed about being a nurse; becoming a nurse; or considering nursing as a career. If you are ashamed or embarrassed, why? If not, why not?
    Hello No Im not ashamed

    not after all these years or is it Decades
  13. by   All4Seasons
    Quote from Mijourney
    Hi everyone. Please respond and offer feedback on whether you are ashamed of or embarrassed about being a nurse; becoming a nurse; or considering nursing as a career. If you are ashamed or embarrassed, why? If not, why not?
    Interesting question. To me,there is not a MORE honourable or altruistic calling/profession/job/career than the care that nurses give to their fellow human beings. It's as simple as that...NOTHING can erode that essence of caring. Not unhappy coworkers,not stressed out,bitter nurse managers and charge nurses,not profit-driven administration. They can make our job more DIFFICULT - at times,MUCH more difficult. AND I won't deny,these factors may even make it impossible for some of us to continue our work. That IS sad but it's also realistic-sometimes we can't give anymore. And so it's important to listen to ourselves and do what is best for ourselves and our loved ones.

    My point is that the negatives we encounter in our day-to-day practise can't and never WILL alter the fact that the nursing care of the sick,the injured,the newly-born,the emotionally distressed,etc is essential,worthwhile,dignified,and meaningful work. We must be very careful not to translate what we see as mundane about our job as meaning that our ROLE is unimportant. Never once as I,for example, cleansed someone who had been incontinent,have I found myself thinking that this 'lowly' chore reflected my worth as a nurse. It's just,realistically, PART of all that I can do to support/help this person in this particular phase of their life-whether it's a temporary rough patch,or whether it's the end of their journey.What it DOES say is that 'someone is caring for/about you'. I truly believe that nurses DO make a difference in the lives of many people - every single day. Often patients and,especially,families, are overwhelmed with gratitude for the true caring,warmth,kindness,thoughtfulnes,and expertise that they see nurses show in their delivery of care.And there are some who may not even think to,or be able to express it,for many reasons.

    What SHOULD sustain us is our core belief that what we do as nurses MATTERS; AND that, as grandiose as it sounds, society would be drastically altered if there weren't those of us who are fulfilled in caring for the sick- it is THAT important and that simple...

    I believe that nurses are truly special people.:angel2:

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